which the treasury department only pays the following bills in august. interest on our debts, social security benefits, medicare and medicaid, defense contracts, and unemployment benefits. just paying those bills, just those, not everything we owe, just those, brings us to about $172 billion. which if you'll remember is all the money that they will have on hand. if only those programs get paid, here, my friends, is what doesn't get paid. military pay for active duty soldiers, veterans affairs programs, salary and benefit for federal employees, department of education, food services for low income women, infants and children, the department of labor, the department of justice, the department of energy, health and human services grants, the federal highway administration, the epa, irs refunds, the small business administration, the federal transit administration and housing assistance for the poor. i'm sorry. really. if we don't raise the debt ceiling, there is no money to pay for any of that stuff.